ori·​ent·​ed ˈȯr-ē-ˌen-təd How to pronounce oriented (audio)
: intellectually, emotionally, or functionally directed
humanistically oriented scholars
market-oriented production
an ecologically oriented approach
is goal oriented

Examples of oriented in a Sentence

The audience was academically oriented.
Recent Examples on the Web During the 911 call, made at 7:15 p.m. from Austin's home, he was described as awake, alert and oriented. Beatrice Peterson, ABC News, 16 Jan. 2024 Since the flames consumed much of Lahaina, locals have feared a rebuilt town could become even more oriented toward wealthy visitors. CBS News, 19 Aug. 2023 The Leopard 2’s stabilization system allows the main gun to remain oriented against a target even while the tank is maneuvering over rough terrain. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2023 Since the flames consumed much of Lahaina more than a week ago, locals have feared a rebuilt town could become even more oriented toward wealthy visitors. Time, 18 Aug. 2023 Many economists and business owners do not regret the loss of manufacturing in the United States, arguing that the country’s economy has become more oriented around the service sector and producing knowledge and innovation. Ro Khanna, Foreign Affairs, 20 Dec. 2022 As someone who isn’t very oriented toward fashion, did the way that Westwood could be so playful with fashion — and at times people might describe her as antifashion — particularly speak to you? Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2022 Today’s approach was significantly more oriented toward hitting the ball where it’s pitched and staying on the ball. Brendan Kurie, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Apr. 2022 And our coaching is really oriented toward helping young players. Dallas News, 6 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oriented was in 1925

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“Oriented.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oriented. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


: having psychological orientation
the patient was alert and oriented
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